|Cincinnati Reds (7-3)
|San Francisco Giants (6-4)
|W: W. Miley (2-0) L: A. Sanchez (0-1) S: Sims (1)
|Statcast | Gamecast Play-by-Play | Game Thread|
It was Today’s Reds versus Yesterday’s Reds. Sure, you know about Johnny Beisbol and Disco. And you surely know about Buster Posey’s backup—a guy named Casali. And by now you know ex-Red Kevin Gausman will take the mound tomorrow. How about Wandy Peralta in the bullpen? Maybe you even know Alex Wood is on the Giants’ IL. But did you know they have a hitting coach by the name of Donnie Ecker?
Thanks to Jesse Winker’s 2-run blast in the top of the 3rd with Tucker Barnhart on board, an end was put to Twitter reminders of the Reds’ scoreless inning drought. This is a good thing.
Things stayed quiet until the top of the 6th when the bill for all those barrels from Joey Votto finally came due. Number 19 made a visit to McCovey Cove off reliever Jarlin García to make the score 3-0. Votto is the first Red to hit one into the bay. 384 feet. This being San Francisco there’s a Surly Bonds of earth joke there if you squint hard enough.
Wade Miley struck out the side in the 3rd. He would go to pitch 5 scoreless innings. His final line: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 W. Miley kept the ball down all night and kept the Giants at bay (pun intended).
Tejay Antone pitched 3 2/3 scoreless and struck out 5. Simply masterful.
Lucas Sims came on to get the final out.
What San Francisco Said
Play-by-play man Duane Kuiper and color guy Mike Krukow make up one of the better TV duos in the game.
Krukow after Suaréz takes one on the hand: The Reds have been hit more than any other team.
Krukow on Barnhart’s play coming out behind the plate to retire Darin Ruf: Not an easy play, but for a two-time gold glover like Tucker Barnhart, not a problem.
Kuiper: Barnhart, who was my player of the spring, Jon (Miller) and I did a game in Goodyear, Barnhart was catching against the Giants. There was not that many people there. Giants stole a couple of bases and some fan behind home plate stood up and said, “Hey, Barnhart, I’ll give you a thousand bucks if you throw somebody out today.” Barnhart stood up and said, “you’re on.” And two pitches later, Rob stole second.
Krukow on Antone: He literally has the ability to throw 100 miles per hour. You’re up there and you’re not going to look for anything but the fastball. What’s he do? Two quick curve balls. Good ones.
Kuiper: Got him.
Krukow: Three good curve balls.
Kuiper: I’d like to see what kind of numbers, home run wise, the Big Red Machine would have put up in Great American Ball Park.
Krukow discussing the Reds all-time HR leader board: So, Johnny Bench on top, Frank Robinson, Joey Votto and Tony Perez. Well, Robinson, Bench and Perez are in the Hall of Fame.
What Did We Learn Today?
Year-after-year, it has seemed the Reds get off to slow starts, then spend the next several months fighting an uphill battle to return to relevance. After a lost weekend in Phoenix, it wasn’t hard for a Reds fan to see the bats going into a slump and that fast start slipping away. At least for tonight, that narrative has been stopped in its tracks.
It was nice to see Antone come to the plate to bat in the top of the 9th and out to the mound to finish this game off. With apologies to Amir Garrett, the Reds don’t need a dedicated closer. They need a situational closer. Tonight, after Antone hit a batter and had thrown 60 pitches, the short leash was yanked and that guy was Lucas Sims. Tomorrow, it can be someone else. As the Giant announcers said about Tejay, “the only good thing for the Giants is they won’t see him (Antone) the rest of the series.”
On Deck for the Redlegs
Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants
April 13 at 9:45pm ET
Castillo (1-1, 6.97 ERA) vs. Gausman (0-0, 1.32 ERA)